Archive for October, 2010

The 3 R’s of GI Repair

Intestinal permeability commonly referred to as “Leaky Gut Syndrome”, can be a major contributor to an overall poor state of health. Leaky gut syndrome occurs when there is a breakdown of the protective mucosal layer that lines the intestine. A breakdown of this barrier can allow food, toxins, and bacteria to enter the blood stream causing your immune system to react and affect the way you feel. There are numerous approaches to address leaky gut syndrome; common treatments include elimination diets, fasting, or nutritional supplements. Regardless of what treatment your healthcare practitioner chooses, it is important to remember that a leaky gut must be allowed to repair itself as part of a natural healing process. Targeted nutritional and clinical support for leaky gut syndrome is an effective way to heal the gut and improve overall health.

Learning the 3R’s of GI repair is a simple way to understand the healing process of a leaky gut.

Repair: The protective barriers of the intestine (mucous and tissue layers) must be reestablished.

Reset: The intestinal immune system must be stabilized to prevent further immune reactions that contribute to the cycle of intestinal permeability.

Recolonize: Your symbiotic microorganisms must be replaced in a manner that supports the immune system’s attempt to reset itself, and to prevent future damage.

The NEI Nutrition GI Repair System™ is the first packaged program that follows the 3R’s of GI repair. It is a 6-week program that first repairs the mucous layer with GI Barrier Repair™ which includes organic prickly pear, guar gum, and marshmallow root to sooth, protect, and repair the mucous and tissue layers.

Next, the intestinal immune system is stabilized to stop the viscous cycle of leaky gut with the GI Rest™ product. GI Rest™ includes zinc carnosine, querecetin, and rutin to repair the damaged tissue layer, and Andrographis paniculata, a little known Chinese botanical, to stabilize the immune system and reduce swelling throughout the body.

Finally, now that the mucous and tissue layers are repaired and the immune system is stabilized, the Recolonize-1: Th1 Inhibitor™ product is used to recolonize (re-grow) the symbiotic intestinal bacteria, a.k.a. friendly gut bugs. Recolonize-1: Th1 Inhibitor™ is formulated to reduce immune activity that contributes to the viscous cycle of intestinal permeability, while at the same time protects against harmful pathogens like Candida albicans.

Leaky gut affects not only the gut, but can also affect the way you feel, your energy levels, or your quality of sleep. Addressing leaky gut syndrome through a program that follows the 3R’s of GI Repair will provide greater benefits than most methods that attempt to provide a quick fix. An effective and scientific approach to GI health is one that respects and follows the body’s natural healing process.

Bradley Bush, ND

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National Nut Day/Antioxidant Support

October 22nd is National Nut Day!  Although not one of the more well-known days of celebration, it is still a time where fun can be had an lessons can be learned.

One popular activity on this day is the “Peanut Toss Game.”  The way to play is to procure a few cans of peanuts and empty them all into one big bowl.  Then label each of the cans with a number.  Usually 1 through 5 is sufficient, but you can change things up as much as you want.  Then you have the participant try to toss that many peanuts into the can.  So if you were aiming at the can labeled “3,” you would put three peanuts in your hand and try to toss all of them in at the same time.  It can be a lot of fun!

In addition, many lessons can be learned about nuts on this day.  For example, did you know that almonds have been listed by many reputable sources as a “super food?”  They are jam packed with heart-friendly fats, fiber, and antioxidants.  These are an important food to include in your diet as antioxidants help to remove free radicals from the body.  Free radicals are known to be intricately associated with the formation of cancer.

If you feel that you are antioxidant deficient, OVitaminPro.com does have a number of products that can help increase the levels within your body.  Our Antioxidant support supplements come in a variety of application methods, so make sure you find the one that is right for you.

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Stop Breast Cancer Before It Starts

As most of you know this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Everything in the news seems to put the emphasis on early detection and medical breakthrough cures. I have a problem with that thinking. Main stream medical never thinks about prevention. The majority of cancer research money goes into pharmaceuticals cures and completely overlooks prevention; even self breast exam (which I am in favor of) is about finding cancer that is already present.

There have been numerous studies at universities around the world on the benefits of Vitamin D3 serum levels. One such study I researched was at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego. Their findings were published in April of 2009 indicating a serum level of 60-80 ng/ml of vitamin D3 will result in a 75% reduction in the number of deaths from invasive cancer and 50,000 fewer cases of invasive breast cancer per year in North America.

Another published study by researcher Sylvia Christakos, Ph.D. of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School examined the inhibition of the growth of malignant cells found in breast cancer as it relates to serum blood levels. What is exciting about this study is the fact that women with breast cancer or who have previous had breast cancer can also benefit from increasing their serum levels of vitamin D!

What can you do to raise your vitamin D levels? A study using meta-analysis in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine said; exposure to direct sunlight daily for 15-20 minutes of the day with 50% of the skin exposed plus a minimum of 2,000 iu’s a day of a vitamin D supplement.  Other studies suggest 5,000 to 7,000 iu’s a day!

How do you know what your vitamin D levels are? A simple blood test can be ordered by your physician or health care practitioner called a D-25 hydroxy. Your levels should be between 60 and 80 ng/ml to benefit from the effects of vitamin D3. I have heard many people worry about overdosing on vitamin D. I have to say of all the people I test for vitamin D I have not found one who tests high.  Even people I have put on 5,000 iu’s a day can still test low and need to increase their dose.

So is the prevention all about vitamin D3? Of course not! It is also about the other factors that affect our health like stress, diet and exercise. Learning to relax and unwind or to take the time to plan healthy meals can also play a major role in prevention! Other supplements that are high in anti-oxidants like glutathione, vitamin E, vitamin C and even fish oils can make a difference.

As we increase our awareness of Breast Cancer this month by wearing pink or pink ribbons think of the cure as being the prevention of the disease. As you run or join in a fun walk for the cause remember the cure lies within each of us as we make our daily life choices.

At OVitaminPro.com, our passion is prevention and we demonstrate that by offering scientific based blood, urine and saliva test as well as healthy positive nutrition!  To learn more about our products and the healthy lifestyles we ourselves, as well as our customers, strive to achieve, be sure to stop by our newly designed site and browse around! Just as we sometimes need a refreshed look and feel, we felt it was time the OVitaminPro.com site needed one as well!

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